William V. Parker
Space Foundation Special Advisor - International Affairs William V. Parker is the principal of Global Engagement Solutions, LLC, an international consulting firm providing advisory, business development and strategic planning services for commercial and government clients. He is an associate at PACE Government Services, a global business development and government affairs firm based in Washington, D.C., with offices in Tokyo, Honolulu and Berlin. Parker also serves as a senior program advisor at Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation and chairman of the board of BSC, LLC. Parker completed a 31-year Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State, culminating at the rank of minister-counselor while serving as foreign affairs advisor to Gen. James E. Cartwright, former commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). Parker started his career at the United States Information Agency (USIA), the branch of the U.S. Government responsible for strategic communication, public diplomacy abroad and international educational exchanges. USIA was subsumed into the Department of State in 1999. Parker's Foreign Service postings included New Delhi, India; the U.S. Mission to NATO, Brussels, Belgium; Davao, Philippines; Paramaribo, Suriname; Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago;and Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and international affairs from Thiel College, in Greenville, Pa., and has trained at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, U.S. Department of State and at the National Security Space Institute (NSSI). He speaks French, Spanish and Dutch.